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Historians in the News

This page features brief excerpts of stories published by the mainstream media and, less frequently, blogs, alternative media, and even obviously biased sources. The excerpts are taken directly from the websites cited in each source note. Quotation marks are not used.




  • Will Americans Actually Comply With a Long-Term Lockdown?

    Historian Scott Knowles said the response in the U.S.—where both the president and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have advised the entire country against participating in large gatherings—is essentially unprecedented.



  • Czech Museum Director Fired

    Director of the Lidice memorial, Martina Lehmannová, was let go amid accusations that the government is trying to whitewash inconvenient facts to suit its preferred narrative.



  • The Lessons of the Elections of 1918

    A nation ravaged by the Spanish flu figured out how to vote back then. Not without incident, but with democracy intact.



  • Malcolm Chase, 1957-2020

    The social historian Malcolm Chase rejected “the enormous condescension of posterity” often to be found in history written by the educated rich.



  • An Interview with Historian Ansley Erickson

    Erickson is the co-editor of Educating Harlem: A Century of Schooling and Resistance in a Black Community, a new book from the Harlem Education History Project.